There is no need to suffer from the red, flaking, burning skin that is associated with plaque psoriasis, or at least so claim the makers of a new medication known as Humira. This product has been placed on the market to help the millions who suffer from this condition find relief in a quick and efficient manner. This medication is designed more for individuals with moderate to severe psoriasis, rather than mild cases that are better treated with moisturizers or other topical cream options. Clinical trials thus far have been promising, with 7 out of 10 in one trial experiencing a significant reduction in affected parts of the body.
Humira works within the body by blocking a certain protein known as tumor necrosis factor (TNF), the proliferation of which can lead to the excess cells being created in the skin and the corresponding symptoms that we classify as psoriasis. By blocking this process, it promises to stop the excess production of flaky skin scales. Carefully formulated by scientists, Humira has long since been causing a “buzz” in the psoriasis world, especially as it gains endorsements from respected medical professionals and other researchers.
One deterrent for some patients is the fact that Humira psoriasis medication needs to be injected under the skin. This can be done in the comfort of one’s home, but still the thought of using needles and administering injections to oneself can seem like an extremely daunting task to some, and may prevent those who would prefer oral or topical medication options instead.
Another factor is the risk of side effects, some of which can be very severe. The use of Humira has been linked to tuberculosis, a potentially fatal disease in some people. While this is far from common, it is worth taking into consideration.
As with all prescription medications or other injected materials, it is best to follow all guidance given by your doctor (Humira is available by prescription only in any case). A dermatologist will be able to tell you whether Humira would be a good option for your particular case of psoriasis.
Again, for more mild cases, it may be better to avoid the risk of the sometimes serious side effects and use a simple steroid cream instead, or soothing botanicals such as aloe vera. Many times, the combination of all of these possibilities, in conjunction with an improved diet and moisturizing regimen, can work wonders.